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  • #16
    Do you have space to grow some stuff yourself? It doesn't have to be much just maybe salad stuff to begin with, it could save a fortune If you do, we did go through 2/3 bags of salad at a time at 1.50 a bag, we grow our own now saving us 4 a week ( I estimated 50p for the seeds per week )

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    • #17
      I buy eggs at a local farmers market in bulk, 15 CDN for 60.

      I make soup out of all the bones I collect and I grow some of my veggies and again go to the farmers market for others.

      I forage in my area for weeds that are actually edible such as lambs quarters and garlic mustard and I hunt squirrel and pigeon and woodchuck and slow cooker them. I look for deals and buy in bulk when I can.

      I go for goat and mutton a lot as you can get a whole one for a good price and they are generally grass fed anyways.

      If you can find big tubs of coconut oil (15 CDN for 1.5 L at Costco ) I cook with it to add calories to everything.

      Canned salmon and sardines or whatever canned fatty fish is your friend, a can of salmon and an avocado and some salsa is a great lunch at work. I can get cans of wild caught fish for about 2 CDN each on sale.

      A big bag of rice can be used in many ways to add to the kids food to power them.

      I eat a lot of liver and heart and kidneys I get from the butcher, a whole beef or pork liver will be a lot of meals and it is so good for you and damned cheep.

      I buy big leg bones from butcher really cheep and saw them in half lengthwise and roast them as the marrow is good and goes well with a spoon or served with eggs for breakfast.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Rysia View Post
        I would like to ask seasoned Groks what to buy in order to get 'the most bang for my bucks'.
        I go with what my budget can take and just do the best I can rather than obsess over grass fed, free range organic stuff. As Rob has said, Aldi is your friend. I also use Lidl for organic carrots and sometimes they have organic onions too.

        Offal (Liver/kidneys etc) from a butcher is great value. Sainsbugs has "pie fish" which is offcuts of various fish that one can buy at a better price. We also get their Value salmon. By going to a market later in the day there's usually veg/fruit bargains. Some purists will tell you that fruit is sugar. It is, but it's better than drinking coca cola or other fizzy stuff.

        By buying fresh and cooking it yourself, you will definitely keep costs lower than buying ready made meals etc.

        I also watch for offers and coupons to get best value. I buy Lidl's tinned mackerel in tomato sauce, herring in mustard sauce and kippers as they're good value, although not perfect they do for me.

        I am growing some spinach in large pots to go with my eggs in a sort of omelette of a morning. There are other things that are easy to grow in confined spaces that will save money as well.


        My advice is just do what you can when you can so that you stay within budget but still eat comparatively healthily.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Aldergirl View Post
          Also, sweet potatoes aren't treated with the fungicides that normal potatoes are (Organic Nation.tv - Blog - Dirty Dozen: Why to Always Buy Organic Potatoes), so you don't have to worry about buying organic sweet potatoes, whereas you might want to buy organic with normal potatoes.
          Thank you for this. I guess next time the boy child is doing science experiments, we need to get an organic potato and try to make it grow! I was wondering why his never sprouted!

          Back to the original question: I buy things like ground beef in bulk, then cook a bunch at once. I make meatballs sometimes, or just brown it with onion and garlic, then freeze it in dinner-size portions for 2 (step kids are only here sometimes, so I just grab two bags for dinner then). This gives me a quick way to make up things like tacos, hamburger gravy, and chili. All I need then is lettuce or salad fixings and rice, and everybody is fed relatively cheaply and quickly.

          I also make up a lot of chicken breasts at once: some wrapped in bacon, some plain and seasoned, etc., and bake and freeze them in lunch-size portions for hubby's and my lunches. A big bag of salad is cheap at Sam's, so I divvy that up into containers and we just grab a salad and a protein.
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          • #20
            Caged really doesn't mean anything....that is, cage-free doesn't mean anything.....it just means that the chickens had access to the outside via a door, whether they used it or not is another thing.....
            The life I have today is far better than I deserve.......

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            CW - 180
            GW - 165-170

            Current addiction: ice cream (and sugar in general).....doing battle with it!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Barnyard View Post
              cage-free doesn't mean anything.....it just means that the chickens had access to the outside via a door, whether they used it or not is another thing.....
              Nope. Cage free means they weren't kept in cages. Doesn't state anything about being allowed outside. Free range is when they have a door they can use (often when stated by large companies).
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Nigel View Post
                Nope. Cage free means they weren't kept in cages. Doesn't state anything about being allowed outside. Free range is when they have a door they can use (often when stated by large companies).
                Sorry, I stand corrected, got my terms confused....but cage free really means nothing because chickens and turkeys are not raised in cages anyway....they are raised in big warehouse-type buildings....see the June 4 post on the Home page from David Maren of Tendergrass Farms....."What You Should Know About Poultry Production Claims".....pretty much any big producer of eggs can make the claim of 'cage-free'
                The life I have today is far better than I deserve.......

                M, 58, 6'0
                SW - 192
                CW - 180
                GW - 165-170

                Current addiction: ice cream (and sugar in general).....doing battle with it!

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